Who can become an au pair in Germany?
Age: 18 – 27
Working hours: 18-30 hours a week, not more than 3-10 hours per day.
Duration of stay: An au pair is granted a residence permit for one year, but no longer than the duration of the au pair contract..
Language requirements: Do you have a basic knowledge of German (at least at level A1)?
Persons who want to work in Germany as an au pair have to meet the following conditions:
Your main responsibility is to look after the children of your host family. Helping with light housework also forms part of your duties. Our tip: talk to your host family in advance about your exact duties. We recommend listing these duties and including them in your au pair contract before signing it.
In Germany, an au pair receives monthly pocket money of 260 euros. In this context, the number of working hours is irrelevant. You are also entitled to your pocket money during your holiday and in case of illness.
Board and lodging
The host family must offer free board and lodging to the au pair. An au pair must always be accommodated in an individual room in the family’s home.
As an au pair, you participate in the daily life of your host family. You share meals. You are also entitled to free board and lodging in the case of illness and during your holiday.
You can arrange your time for doing the household chores according to the family’s habits and needs. You should not work more than 6- 10 hours a day and 30-35 hours a week, including babysitting.
You are entitled to at least one day off per week. Once a month, this day should be a Sunday.
According to the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), an au pair is entitled to a paid holiday of 4 weeks, provided that the au pair stays with their host family for a whole year. Families which go on a holiday usually take their au pair with them. During this time, you will perform your regular duties by looking after the children.
Accompanying your host family on their holiday does not count as your au pair holiday, unless you have fewer duties and are not obliged to be available at all times. In this case, it is considered your holiday, as well. Not accompanying your host family on their holiday does not entitle you to work for a different family during this time.
Your host family should offer you the opportunity to attend a German language course during your spare time. The same applies to cultural activities. Au pair World recommends that all host families contribute towards the costs of the language course – regardless of which country the au pair and host family come from.
Normally, you bear the travel costs to your host country and back home by yourself.